Almost every home has an area designated as “the home office” or simply, “the study.” Often these areas double as storerooms. However, with the recent rise in usage of work-from-home (WFH) option, it has become extremely important to have a workspace that is comfortable and free from distractions.
So if you are looking to redo your study to enable productive WFH, here are 7 tips to help improve the space. Whether you’re working from home, or simply a student, we hope these tips help create a stress-free environment.
1) De-clutter your workspace
The first thing that needs to go is unnecessary clutter that you may have lying around. Your office space should follow the minimal style for interior decor. Anything that doesn’t directly contribute to your work needs to go. Also, remember to keep a dustbin next to your desk for all those balled up papers or pencil shavings.
2) Let the light in
Remember to keep your workspace well lit and ventilated. Whenever possible, let the daylight stream in. However, if this is not an available option, make sure you have a bright table lamp.
3) Don’t compromise on comfort
If you spend a lot of time at your desk, uncomfortable furniture is a big no-no as this puts a lot of strain on your back muscles. Invest in a good chair which supports your back adequately. Supplement it with cushions and a footrest. When you’re sitting at the desk, make sure the height of the desk reaches your chest. This will reduce the strain on your body.
4) Make it easy to track time
Make sure there is a clock that is easily visible from your seat. Not only will this help you manage your time, it also will remind you to take breaks while you work. According to psychology, it is important to take a short 5-10 minute break after every 40 minutes of continuous mental effort.
5) Get some greenery
Consider placing a potted plant nearby. Plants make a room look welcoming. They also have a mild detoxification effect on the room. Consider placing sweet-smelling herbs around the room. This can also help reduce stress.
6) Make it quiet
It may be a good idea to soundproof the room. Background noise, by common knowledge, hampers performance. So if you live in a very noisy neighbourhood, it may help to block it all out.
7) Put a dash of Colour Psychology
Colours have a way of influencing our mind and body. For a study, always go for light, cool colours. These colours and soothing and stimulating to the brain. Hang up artwork that uses blues, greens and purples. As for the furniture, opt for light wood. This too helps to reduce stress.
A home office should ideally, help you feel relaxed and yet motivated to work. This space should also improve your efficiency rather than hamper it. We hope these tips help you do just that! Happy redecorating!
Have you checked out our Staff Management Features yet?
Do you remember the 90s classic, “Chachi 420?” This movie about a nanny in disguise tickled everybody’s funny bone. But in real life, wouldn’t this situation be a tad alarming?
Almost every Indian household employs a household staff. Their presence is a part of our daily routine. The day they fail to show up, is the day, the entire household often screeches to a standstill. Now wouldn’t it be easier if we could track the attendance of our staff on a day-to-day basis?
ApnaComplex offers a unique and detailed feature to enable you to do just that! With our Staff Management Feature, you can track and maintain a log of the staff employed in your apartment complex.
The Staff in a Gated Community
Most societies have three categories of staff members employed within its gates.
Domestic Staff: These are the staff members employed by the families, like, maids, cooks, drivers, and so on.
Maintenance Staff: These are the staff members employed by the community like security staff, landscapers, plumbers, etc.
Temporary Staff: This is the staff that is hired for a temporary period like carpenters or painters.
With so many people employed in one location, the movement in and out of the main gate poses a significant security concern. How do you know who has come in, and who has already left? This is where we can assist you.
Three Ways to Verify Attendance
In the current market, there are many apps that allow you to track staff attendance. While any of them can provide the basics, The ApnaComplex Staff Management Feature offers you a little bit more! With our fully integrated systems, residents receive an instant notification on their ApnaComplex app the minute a member of their household staff enters or exits the society gate. We offer you three ways to do this-
By a picture
When the member of the staff is entering your society, the security guard can use this feature to click a picture. This enables the resident to know that their employee has entered the society complex and will report for duty soon. If the staff is hired in multiple households, the notification will be sent to each of one. This allows you to maintain an attendance log. This is especially beneficial if your employee is on a payroll.
This is a step-up from merely clicking a picture. Every member of the staff is issued an RFID card. A reader is installed at the main gate. When the member of the staff enters the gate, they are directed to scan their IDs. What is more, limited-period access can be given to staff hired for a temporary job. The resident can specify the duration for which the employee is permitted within the campus. When the validity expires, that staff member is debarred from entering the gate.
This is a foolproof security system. If you opt for biometrics, we provide you with a fingerprint reader or facial recognition software that is fully integrated with your ApnaComplex app. This enables the app to send you an instant notification when the staff member scans their finger at the gate.
Attendance vs Authentication
While pictures and RFID allow you to track attendance, they have their own drawbacks. Picture verification can help you create a log and track attendance. Incase of a security breach this log can help in an investigation. However, this is not a foolproof security system. The same applies to RFIDs. If the IDs exchange hands, security can take a serious hit. To make your apartment complex truly secure ApnaComplex recommends Biometrics. This system makes it impossible for a person to impersonate someone else. This means no more Chachi 420 moments in your society! Employers know exactly who is in, and who is out.
The ApnaComplex app allows you to create a database of staff members employed throughout your society. This database can be fed by both residents, as well as the security guard. This feature also provides a rating system for your staff. So if there are any other residents searching for new employees, they can skim through the existing database of staff employed within the same society. They can then hire a person based on their rating.
The life of an Indian household typically revolves around the household staff. The schedule of the entire family is built around their comings and goings. So allow us to make it a little easier!
As buying land or property is typically an expensive affair, renting an apartment becomes the preferred option for large sections of people, be it the newlyweds or those moving out to live closer to a workplace. In an atmosphere where affordable housing is in high demand, renting out your apartment is beneficial to you. So if you are looking to do so, here are the four important things you should consider
I. Offer a market-competitive rent
Deciding on the rent you will charge is important. Renting out your apartment is a competitive affair. You will need to be aware of the average rents being charged in your area. Once you’re aware of the number, you can set your rate depending on more or less what you can offer to the prospective tenants.
Consider quoting a reasonable rate. If you quote low, you may end up with many tenants, but at an opportunity cost. On the other hand, if you quote too high, you risk not getting approached at all.
II. Draft a water-tight, but fair, rental agreement
There are just a handful of things you need to know about laws, including contracts and insurance. The laws are more or less balanced. They’re neither tilting towards the owner nor the tenant. Verification is made mandatory for signing the rental agreement.
Take professional help if required in drafting the rental agreement. It will make you as well as your tenants confident, as it will protect the interest of either party. Ensure that the agreement contains such information as the description of the entire property, facilities provided, the date on which the rent should be paid every month by the tenant, a clause related to termination, security deposit, maintenance charges, and TDS.
Add anything else you think is important, and state explicitly. Any difficulty in understanding the agreement should be avoided.
III. Ensure you have all documents ready
One of the three important documents, namely lease deed, rental agreement, and license agreement will come in to use while renting out your apartment. If you’re renting out your apartment for a period of fewer than eleven months, you will require the rental agreement. For a period of more than eleven months, a registration is necessary. You then need to issue a lease deed. The expenses will be shared between you and your tenant. The local police should have a copy of all the necessary tenant details.
IV. Get the house ready for the move-in
Renting out your apartment involves a certain amount of commitment on your part as well. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your tenants are provided with a healthy and safe living environment. Consider having the entire house cleaned up and checked for electrical safety. Ensure all leaks and breaks are fixed.
What is more is, you have to provide your tenants with a signed receipt for rent payments. Lastly, at the time of eviction, it is important to serve a notice period (by both you and your tenant.) This notice period should be specified in your rental agreement. Again, this helps safeguard both the parties in the agreement.
As a landlord, these are the aspects you need to address. Eventually, we are sure your apartment will be a popular choice among tenants.
It’s that time of the year when almost everyone around you is coming up with ways of making the incoming year more productive. Some people have been planning their new year resolutions since the latter half of the year. Piling on one promise after another with a failed attempt at each is not the way to go, is it? Well, ApnaComplex is happy to lend a helping hand. Here are 5 easy new year resolutions in case you haven’t got on to the ‘change is good’ wagon yet. Trust us, these are more helpful than you’d know.
Save water –
With all the global warming signs getting bigger and bigger, doing your bit for the planet will only make you feel good about the next year. Tracking water usage levels and avoiding water wastage is one option. ApnaComplex provides you with Water Monitor, a water tracking app that allows you to track the volume of water being used by your society. A plus point is that it tracks the billing as per water usage too. Find out more about Water Monitor here.
Avoid preventable theft –
This one leans towards those who have faced theft issues in the past. Why offer a chance when there doesn’t have to be one? One aspect of this problem is vehicle theft. ApnaComplex’s solution to that is Vehicle Sentry, a vehicle tracking system that lets you stay aware of your vehicle’s whereabouts. Know more about Vehicle Sentry here.
Family safety –
For all those who believe that safety in any form can never be enough, ApnaComplex has Gatekeeper, a visitor tracking app. Gatekeeper lets you know about your visitor beforehand and lets you verify their entry. Be aware of who knocks on your door. Stay alert with Gatekeeper here.
Spend less –
Everyone can cash in on this new year resolution. Spending less is never an idea that is unwelcome. One way of going about with this is by holding less change in your pockets and using cashless services. Collection Gateway by ApnaComplex is another such service that lets you pay maintenance dues via NEFT or RTGS. Here’s why Collection Gateway should be your new year resolution this year.
Make lives easier –
Why not have an easy management system in place for those who work hard at settling the books in your society? Get some good karma under your belt by getting ApnaComplex for your society. Keep track of reminders, bill and maintenance payments and vendors of your society in a more automated manner. This is one of the most easiest ways of fulfilling a new year resolution, don’t you think?
So, this time, let’s all make a promise to ourselves to move forward with the new year resolutions we choose. Good luck chasing the new life!
Got a carpet for your home but it doesn’t look new anymore? These tips will teach you how to clean your carpet effectively and get back that brand new look.
Your carpet is the main focus of your room. So, keeping it clean by vacuuming it at least once a week or fortnightly is a habit that will extend the life of your carpet.
Prevent dust accumulation by doing so, especially if there are children in the house.
Affairs in odour:
Baking soda is a regular for getting rid of odours in general and it works just as well on carpets.
If your carpet is unattached to the floor, drying it in the sun is the most natural way to get rid of a stench.
Another option would be to add 5-7 drops of your favourite essential oil to any cleaning concoction, spritz the carpet and vacuum after a few minutes.
Mould / Mildew:
A mixture of lemon juice and salt or hydrogen peroxide (3% or less) and water will help in killing the fungi that cause moulds.
A non-chlorine bleach would work just as well but testing it out on an inconspicuous area of the carpet first is advisable.
The best way to reduce damage to the carpet due to a spill is by absorbing most of the liquid as quickly as possible with a dry, white cloth.
Never rub a stain as it will reinforce the stain/debris into the carpet and wreck the carpet fibres. We cannot stress more on this fact.
Work your way inward by starting the blotting process from the edges of the spill.
In case of food, pick it up off the carpet and pat the area lightly with a soft, clean paper towel.
Apply dry baking soda on the area and let it sit until it foams and pat the area again.
Do not rub the stain as it will push the matter deeper inside and make it extremely ugly and difficult to work with later.
Wine stains can be taken out by first applying cold water and then by using –
A generous amount of salt to absorb the liquid OR
A mixture of a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide (upto 3%) and dish soap. This is best saved for light coloured fabrics as hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent. Spray soapy water and subsequently, lukewarm water after that. OR
White wine / vodka dilutes the red colour when applied instantly to the red wine spill. Blot the area with a sponge and apply a thick baking soda paste on it. Cover the stain with a clean cloth and apply slight pressure to it. Let it sit overnight and vacuum the baking soda once it is dry.
Coffee and other stains can be taken out by using ordinary shaving cream or a liberal amount of club soda and letting it stay for a few minutes before spraying it with water.
Pure alcohol will make your ink worries disappear, because that’s where the magic of alcohol lies. Use alcohol on the ink stain to release it from the fibres.
Always blot ink or any other liquid from the outside to the inside to avoid spreading the spill.
Shaving cream can also be used to get rid of an ink blot. But, make sure you get rid of the foam that is formed by adding water, dabbing gently and vacuuming.
Corn flour can help to get rid of sticky messes on the carpet as it dries out the stickiness. But, it must be used immediately.
Chewing gum and other sticky substances can also be taken off by using an ice cube to harden them first.
Do not fret if wax has dripped onto your precious carpet, especially if it has dried up. Heating it will make it come off just as easily. Place a white cloth over it and iron the cloth for a little less than 30 seconds to warm it up, so that you can scrape it off with a butter knife.
Oil aboard / Crying over crayon:
One teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (without bleach) should be diluted in one cup of water and sprayed onto the carpet and blotted until the oil / crayon stain lifts.
Paper cuts or other causes of blood drops on your carpet shouldn’t raise your blood pressure since the dried blood can be made loose with a concoction of water and a mild detergent. It can then be scraped off. The remaining blood can be removed with hydrogen peroxide. Foaming is normal on application. Blot with a dry towel to finish up.
The most well-trained furry friends can accidentally muck up the carpet. One easy, but gradual, DIY solution to this is to create a blend of 30ml of water, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/2 a cup of citrus fruit peels (like oranges or lemons) in a container. Shake it well and let it sit for 3 months (you read that right) and your naturally prepared suspension will be ready for a cleaning.
Blot as much as you possibly can and dilute it with club soda or baking soda. Then apply 1 tablespoon of ammonia to 10 tablespoons of water and spray it on the soiled area. Let it sit for a few minutes, spray cold water over it and then blot again. Vacuum the area after it has dried.
We know that most of the remedies we have given you make use of water. But, that is because your carpet has already been ruined. Water ruins carpet texture so keep it as far as it can be kept from carpets, unless it is needed for cleaning.
In case of a spill, blot the area and absorb as much water as possible with a dry cloth or paper towels.
If there is excess moisture in the carpet, place thick white towels on the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object like a big book to add some pressure.
As much as you might have heard about vinegar being a good stain remover, avoid using it since it contains acid and that could ruin the carpet’s delicateness.
One obvious piece of advice that we’d like to remind you of is to test any new cleaning method on a small area first.
To prevent the carpet from catching rust stains from furniture, place a foil or plastic sheet beneath the legs.
If your carpet has lost some colour in the cleaning process, touch it up with a little acrylic paint, felt pens or permanent marker.
While looking to buy a home, one of the first things a buyer notices is the condition of the carpet. So, keeping it well-maintained will increase the chances of a sale you’ve been wanting to bag.
These solutions cover, pretty much, every carpet complication that could arise and are enough to get you through the tough day you might need them for. Hopefully, you don’t wonder about how to clean your carpet on such a day. Bookmark this guide to access it whenever you need to. Until then,you learn something new every day.
Do let us know if you have any additional information relevant to carpet cleaning in the comment section below.
Wanna know how to choose room colour? Find out here.
Have you ever really noticed the patterns of your daily routine? Do you know why you make certain choices over others? Why you chose that shade of yellow in your living room or why you knew that lilac wall would make the room seem very welcoming? Colour, being a non-verbal language, depicts emphasis in a profound manner.
The colour you paint your room in signifies the level of comfort you are going to have when you start using it. But colour psychology works on a daily basis, more often that you would realise. So choosing the right colour is just as important as choosing the right room for it. Here, at ApnaComplex, we’ve put together a list of basic colours and the vibe they give away when used as paint. With the guidance rendered in this post, you will now have a well-informed reason to splash your room with the colour of your choice.
Purple, depending on the shade, evokes varying levels of richness and sophistication. It inspires spirituality and prosperity and adds a dash of adventure to an otherwise mundane room. A stylish choice, purple hues encourage a fresh take on issues that are hard to come to conclusions to. Adding depth to a room, purple evokes compassion and humanity.
Pink is a very common colour in a little girl’s room and is accounted for as it represents love and understanding. Hues such as rose, lavender pink and mimi pink are a crowd favourite. Use sophisticated fabrics to avoid a pale and monotonous look in the room. Vivid pinks are also viewed as glamourous and powerful and can be counteracted with blacks and greys. Such hues can be used in entryways as they are transitional spaces in a house and suggest movement, so save brighter pinks for the smaller spaces.
Red acts as a stimulator; a stimulator of appetite, conversation, etc. So, it is best to save the reds for the kitchen and dining rooms, but to add flair and depth into your bedroom, one wall can be highlighted with a deep red to make it stand out.
Orange is an edifying color and it promotes happiness, warmth, emotional strength, optimism and spontaneity. The living room could do with a hint of orange as it also a social communication enhancer. The kids’ room could also have some orange walls as it aids in creativity and new ideas. This is one of the most underused colours and will add a touch of quirkiness to any room it is used to paint.
Yellow symbolizes power and vibrancy and also stimulates health, wisdom and patience. It acts as an excellent mood enhancer. In feng shui, yellow and gold are associated with wealth. These colours can be used in smaller spaces around the house and in entryways, making them seem larger and airier. Avoid using bright yellow hues in calmer sections of the home as they stimulate the nerves.
Green is the colour of new starts and growth, healing and freshness. It is the primary colour of nature and it encourages stability and rejuvenation and improves concentration. Green tints would do very well in the bedroom, kitchen and study but can be used to spruce up a living room with minimalistic varying textures. The bathrooms could use a little bit of green to make things less monotonous as well.
A mix of blue and green, aqua, represents youth and helps in inducing a state of relaxation and meditation. Aqua coloured curtains complement white walls and help in reducing sleep difficulties. Aqua ornamentation creates a feel of spirituality.
A blue room projects tranquility. Blue is said to have relaxing effects on people as it lowers blood pressure, reduces respiration rate and heart rate. Deeper blues infuse wisdom and introspection into the room, but overdoing it can make the room give off a dismal vibe. Blue walls are best saved for family rooms, bedrooms, larger kitchens, bathrooms and for a twist, a powder blue ceiling.
Black is a colour that adds an essence of contemplation and reflection to a room. It also creates a mysterious element when paired with metallic ornamentation. As a more formal and elegant but magnetic colour, it should be preferably used as an accent colour (complementary colour).
An unknown fact about the colour grey is that it cultivates helpfulness. A harmonious union of black and white, when paired with eye-popping hues of pink, it creates a balance of subtle and bold. Grey is a calming colour with a delicate aura and silver and grey can be used in different tones to create a perception of enchantment and mysticism. It is alluring and charismatic when paired rightly with a red.
White is a crisp colour that invites clarity, precision and communication and is normally used in kitchens and living rooms. White’s cleanliness and contrast to almost every colour works in any room, especially with woodwork. White also looks dainty when it is used along with grey and provides a seamless background for black furniture.
Brown is an earthy tone that offers stability and security. It is generally used to highlight bolder colours like orange or lime green. Brown is the colour of wood and wood can be used to add an elegant and warm feel to a room. Browns combined with hues of green, like sage, discourage tension in the room and create a sophisticated mode of living. Brown can be used in the dining room or as an addition to the bedroom paired with a lighter, more airy colour such as aqua or pink.
How to choose room colour depends on the different hues of these colours that evoke specific emotions. Room colour decisions should always be made keeping in mind the ideal room setting, embellishments and furniture that is used in the room. The colour of paint makes a drastic difference in the perception the room creates about itself since the character of the room is decided by the undertone that the colour projects. A light room with a dark wall can change the perceptive depth of the room, and in addition, the more tranquil / bold your colour is depends on what you would like to see all year long. The ultimate goal is to blend the colours you would like to look at in the most pleasing manner possible.
Mix and match colours that highlight architectural details and centerpieces in the room.
Saturated colours like sunshine yellow and lime green add energy to the room.
Cool colours like blue, green and purple make the room look larger and more spacious.
Colours on the opposite of a colour wheel normally complement each other, but watch out for overplay.
Notice how a color behaves in relation to other colors and shapes, and compare the contrasting effects for a good and balanced feel.
Stick to a maximum of four colours per room to keep things lively, but not too busy.
Try a few test patches of the colours you’ve chosen to decide what compliments the room best so that it doesn’t tire out your eyes.
…And don’t forget!
Now that we’ve given you a low-down on how to choose room colour, we hope you have an easier decision-making process when it comes to home décor and home improvement. Happy colouring!
If you live in a home or an apartment that’s commodious enough for one or two people, but still feel like you could use the space better if you knew how to, these are the home decor tips you should be reading. Today, we show you how to make your home look captivating no matter what the size.
Seamlessness is key –
A major piece of wisdom that I’ve gained over time, reading various pieces on apartment décor, is that ‘seamlessness is key’. You want to make your rooms look bigger and you can do that by reducing the breakages in colour and hues on the walls. This technique can be applied to fixtures and conversation pieces as well.
Utilising corners effectively –
Place an oversized chair or accent chair in the nook for a comfy look.
Stacking books on corner shelves is a smart way to use that part of a room.
Lighter shades of paint and flooring –
Using lighter shades on the walls and floors will make the room look bigger and brighter.
Select furniture that makes the room look sizable –
Avoid making your rooms look cramped by taking advantage of compact and undersized furniture pieces.
Floating shelves –
Floating shelves are a wonderful alternative to chests and drawers. They offer great storage space while not looking bulky and colossal inside a smaller room.
Curtain tints –
Buy curtains that create a fusion with the walls with their hue. This improves on the ‘seamlessness’ aspect mentioned earlier.
Hang a proportionally sized mirror –
A mirror in the room will make it come alive and reflect light inside it.
The bigger the mirror, the larger the room looks.
Mirrors can be hung horizontally or vertically to make the room look wider or higher.
Use transparent movables –
Pellucid movables make for a more spacious setting than wood or metallic furniture.
Furniture that doubles up as storage space –
Storing regularly used objects beneath that coffee table is a clever approach to getting things out of the way.
Foldable/Collapsible furniture –
Purchase foldable tables or chairs that maximise space inside the house when they aren’t being used.
Some of these pieces can double-up as ironing boards or other useful surfaces around the house.
In-built shelves –
Built-in shelves save up space inside a room like no other. No protrusions jutting out at odd places and no jamming your little toe into the legs of an awkward table anymore.
Convertible pieces –
This revolves around the same logic as foldable furniture.
Convertible armchair-beds, sofa-bunk beds or collapsible coffee tables are examples of reusable pieces in the living room and in bedrooms.
Matryoshka furniture –
This is the kind of furniture you’ve seen pictures of but don’t really know what they are called.
Matryoshka furniture is named after the Russian doll or Babushka doll that has figurines of a similar shape and smaller sizes inside it.
An extremely useful space saver, Matryoshka furniture can be arranged back into its original shape after being used.
It reduces the amount of space that is permanently utilised for seating, as the seats can be organised to your liking.
Extra décor ideas –
Vinyl wall art –
You can’t go wrong with vinyl wall stickers. They are one of the cheapest and quickest ways to transform any room and make it come alive.
Accommodating greenery in your humble abode –
Vertical garden displays are not the norm yet, but are a great way of making your house seem less like a concrete box. They bring more of a balanced look and make it a ‘living’ room.
This idea is definitely worth a shot, in our opinion. No harm done with extra oxygen around the house, right?
Wall photo collage –
Instead of using frames and bulking down the room, creating a collage of pictures in a particular shape would be more practical and fun to look at.
Decorating the walls with wall tape and foil tape –
Using washi tape (decorative wall tape) is another way of revamping a dull wall.
Foil tape can be used to create designs on a wall, and if done correctly, it can lift the ambience of the room to a point that the room would be unrecognisable.
It is the ultimate DIY activity that can be done by anyone from scratch. Pick a design and start taping.
String art –
String art is an easy and fun pastime and you can create any kind of pattern by practising it a little bit.
Once you’ve made a design that you think looks like the initial idea you had, put it up on a wall that needs some TLC.
Your hard work will surely pay off with all the compliments and admiration coming your way.
Having a smaller space to live in can be very interesting if you make it that way. Rooms, no matter what size, can be altered by the furnishings and embellishments one places in them. Smaller homes can be a challenge to decorate but it is a very enjoyable experience. If you know what you’re doing and you know you’re doing it the right way, the end result is bound to leave you more than just satisfied. Try these suggestions to visually expand room sizes and you won’t be let down. In fact, your home will undoubtedly look as fresh as paint.
Are the rains slowing down your city every year? Is everything always at a standstill? Breeze through life with these tips to prepare yourself for the rainy days.
It’s that time of the year again when the rain gods decide that it’s their turn to rain on your parade. The rainy season, paradoxically, is one of the most loved and detested seasons from among the rest. The increase in water content everywhere you look, and being forced into living with it, is what makes it difficult to like. But that’s also the foremost reason why people look forward to the rains; to look outside their window and sip on a hot beverage or to take in the petrichor emanating from the ground.
You surely want to enjoy that in the best possible surrounding. So why let anything under your control ruin something so idyllic? Simple observation skills are all you need. Here are some pointers to implement around your humble abode and garden area to keep them safe from the rains.
EXTERNAL PREPARATION –
Inspect the roof from ground level and check for any leakages, damages, ageing and cracks.
Check whether the tiling is in place and whether there are any cracks in the chimney. Loose tiling and cracks are congruent to direct exposure to intense weather conditions.
Look for damp patches in your loft that will help you prevent extreme leakages once the rains begin.
Make sure your television satellite dish is secured tightly to the roof.
Inspections of the roof must be done at least twice a year.
Outside light penetrating the roof shows that there is most probably an orifice that shouldn’t exist.
Gutters are meant to clear out water from the area. A clear gutter is the only way it is functional.
Keep the gutters clear from debris, dead leaves and other blockages by cleaning them weekly to avoid clogging.
Tight-fitting wire mesh traps leaves and dirt while allowing water through.
Garden space –
Trim any low hanging trees and creepers.
Clear out dead branches to prevent them from falling during the rains.
Garden equipment, tools and furniture can get extremely damaged in wet weather. Create suitable conditions to keep the furniture dry by keeping it inside or under a roof. You can also apply a waterproofing treatment to wooden garden furniture.
INTERNAL PREPARATION –
Doors & windows –
Study your doors and windows and make sure they have secure sealing, and check if any repairs are required.
Fireplaces, skylights and other orifices or vents need to be scrutinised.
Ceiling and walls –
Check for leakages and damp patches. They will most definitely reoccur and expand if they aren’t dealt with immediately.
Dark spots on the walls and ceilings could be moulds or condensation, and the underlying cause or leakage must be catered to.
Draught proofing –
Door and window seals (brush, rubber etc.) help seal them against draught, light, smoke, odours, insects and dust.
They help retain heat inside the house too.
Emergency kit –
Always keep an emergency kit well-stocked at home. Your kit should be easily accessible and should include:
Flashlights and extra batteries.
Candles/oil lamps/battery operated lamps and plenty of matchboxes or a lighter.
Non-perishable, dry food and drinking water.
A list of useful phone numbers.
A battery-operated radio.
A first aid kit and a disinfectant.
MISCELLANEOUS PREP –
Switch off your sprinkler system, if you have one.
Treat damp patches before they spread.
If you live on the ground floor, plan on accommodating most of your furniture to the highest space in the house, in the event of a flood.
Also, sandbags can be used during extreme flooding conditions. They act as a barrier by preventing water from entering for short periods of time. Using them along with plastic sheeting improves their utility.
Avoid using ladders during adverse weather conditions as it could prove to be fatal.
Keep valuables and documents safe in waterproof bags and store them in higher places inside the house.
Inspect your basement and check whether resealing is required in case there is water seeping in.
Buy tarpaulin to protect heavy household items that are difficult to move, like sofas and beds.
An emergency plan – Pre-plan what you would do at the time of an emergency.
Some important lessons to keep in mind before the rain hits us all –
But don’t let your house become one.
Just make sure your furniture is here to stay.
…Or else you might end up saying this to your doors and windows.
A penny for your thoughts on this one –
Anyway, the most important message that we get from the rain is that –
…Or at least successfully preparing yourself to face its wrath.
Keep in mind that extreme weather conditions can cause serious damages on the insides, as well as the outsides, of your house. This, in turn, would increase unexpected costs and become troublesome to deal with. Follow the above-mentioned steps to avoid most issues arising from the rains, and try to stay as happy as this little guy.
Mark your Favorites of the many Features provided by ApnaComplex, Access them Faster and Save Time.
Are you the treasurer or from accounts office, frequently accessing a specific screens like Bank Reconciliation, or Approve Member Payment screens etc?
Are you responsible for managing the facilities and more frequently log complaints or view action items?
Are you responsible for handling the online notice board of your complex?
Do these set of activities fall into your kitty and you frequently visit these pages?, then just add them to your ‘Apna Favorites’ tab and access them quicker.
Its easy to get lost at times in the vast set of functionality ApnaComplex offers. Its not uncommon for us to keep getting support calls only to find out how to navigate to a particular functionality. The newly introduced ‘Apna Favorites’ functionality now allows you to access your more frequently used pages on your Apartment Management Portal, provided by ApnaComplex – the Society Billing and Accounting Software for apartment complexes, quickly.
It takes you just one click to add your frequently used page to ‘Apna Favorites’. You can add more than one page into the Apna Favorites tab. Lets have a detailed look
Identify your frequently used page which may usually take 3-4 clicks for you to reach there. Click the ‘Star’ button in the tool bar located on the top right hand-side of your apartment complex portal.
A pop-up window will appear and allow you to name the page with your favorite word that best suits you to remember the page. Give a name and click ‘Save’. Like I named the ‘Log a new complaint’ page as ‘New Complaint’ and saved it.
Similarly, you can add any number of pages to the ‘Apna Favorites’ tab.
Now you can quickly access these anytime from the ‘Apna Favorites’ tab located on your left hand-side dashboard. Just click the Apna Favorites button and you will see all your added pages there.
Click on your favorite page from the sub-menu and it will lead you that page. Like when you click ‘Complex Facility’ it leads you to that page
It is time you define your favorites and reduce the extra time you use to spend searching for a frequently used page.